Three day measles; German measles
Definition of Rubella
Rubella is a contagious infection in which there is a rash on the skin.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The disease is caused by a virus that is spread through the air or by close contact.
Children generally have few symptoms. Adults may experience a fever, headache, general discomfort (malaise), and a runny nose before the rash appears. They may not notice the symptoms.
There is no treatment for this disease.
Rubella is usually a mild infection.
Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 3/14/2009